The #HEstrike: Twitter reaction

Twitter was awash with picket line updates from the higher education strike - here is a selection

October 31, 2013

It’s 16:30 (GMT), and the strike reaction seems to be changing from present to past tense, as these two tweets show. Seems a good time to bring this live feed to an end. Thanks for reading.

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It might be cold in Scotland, but the picket lines are still going strong.

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Picket line dog number two! He’s definitely barking the campaign for fur pay.

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Protest marches continue across the country - from outside historic Gonville and Caius college, Cambridge…

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…to the University of the West of England in Bristol.

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And the rally in Sheffield is going strong.

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Our reporter Jack Grove is on the scene in Conway Hall, where the London rally is taking place.

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Word of the day? Solidarity.

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Confrontation at Goldsmiths, University of London, as “proud scab” crosses picket line…

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But things seem much calmer in Wales.

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It’s Halloween. It’s strike day. It was inevitable that pumpkins would get involved. Creativity on show at Leicester and Essex…

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The picket line in Bristol is looking particularly healthy.

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Plenty of support online for the marchers…

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…including this dog, who wasn’t going to support the campaign until the union collared him.

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Darling of the left Owen Jones is supporting the strike…and his mum.

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However, there are also some dissenting voices around.

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At Sheffield, the march is in full flow.

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The UCU is following preparations for its rally in central London.

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They’re out in the Midlands…

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…and in the North West…

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…and at universities across the UK. Solidarity was on show at some picket lines, as other unions stepped in to help out.

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The strike has left some students feeling less than sympathetic to the strikers’ cause…

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…while others were less concerned about the closure of their university.

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Some were simply trying to get on with their own work.

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Many university staff tweeted that they would not be getting involved with the industrial action…

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…although others were keen to show their support, despite not taking part themselves.

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There were pictures that suggested university staff were out in force, like this from Northern Ireland…

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…but elsewhere, tweeters reported little disruption.

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Others made clear why they were taking action…

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…including the various union branches.

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